Technology nowadays is mostly yearned for by people who want entertainment. Quite rightfully, companies around the world have catered to this need and made products such as the smartphones in all of our pockets.
We’re now heading into a state where the gaming industry will allow players to put on virtual reality headsets and become part of fantasy lands or perhaps sit in the seat of a racing car. However most of us growing up, pictured that one day some kind of technology would come along that would make us superhuman.
Maybe one too many episodes of robocop or the Terminator for some, but actually this was not a far fetched idea at all. In fact in all sports, speed is everything. If you are faster than your opponent, you stand a much higher chance of winning. Scratch that, in fact speed is important is all life. If you’re faster to react and stop your car you might not hit someone who was crossing the road without looking. If you’re a fighter, measuring how fast your jab is over weeks and weeks will give you a clear indication of improvements made.
One of the greatest attributes any sporting figure can have is pure reaction time. It's not just acknowledging something in their brains, but acting upon it and making the right decision and being accurate in their action that counts. Hence why there are numerous companies making reaction time products for all kinds of sports and occupations.
These reaction time tests are used by Formula One drivers to make sure they have their reflexes tight and ready at any time. These machines are also used by soccer players, namely the goalkeeper who needs to quickly react to shots on goal. Even fighter pilots have been using these machines for a long time because they need lightning fast reaction times to dodge enemy attacks while flying hundreds of miles per hour. These machines are helping us to have cat-like reflexes and not even have to think about it, before our bodies move to react to any kind of change.
Consistent Speed is Success
In some sports, we need technology that won’t just test our reflexes but test our speed. This doesn’t always mean how fast we can run. In baseball, the most effective pitch is the fastball. If the pitcher can maintain a consistently high speed of throwing, they stand a much higher chance of striking out multiple players in one night. This can potentially save or win a game for a team.
Hence why so many professional league teams are using stalker radar guns to measure how fast their players are pitching all throughout the night. Bear in mind that if a pitcher is throwing at around 95 miles per hour, this gives the batter around 0.3 seconds to swing and hit the ball as soon as it's released from the pitcher’s hand. All of a sudden technology that measures fast moving objects becomes a lot more interesting.
Technology isn’t always best designed to entertain us. Certain products can actually help us become close to superhuman. We can react in mere tenths of a second, and also it can show us when we are lacking certain areas too.
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